a state in the United States or the Confederacy?
The Confederate flag was a symbol of a country that no longer exists and of a time that was brutal and devastating for the United States. To continue to fly this flag in a public governmental office is in poor taste and shows a certain lack of maturity, in my opinion. Private ownership of the flag is one thing, but Nikki Haley is the governor of all the people of her state.
Nikki Haley is not representing her country well by having the Confederate flag near her South Carolina office. This country is no longer divided into North and South, and she is living in the past by hanging that thing up. It is disloyal to our country and she should be forced to take it down.
There is a statue of General Sherman in Central Park in New York City. No one is asking to have that taken down, although it frankly bears not much relevance anymore today, it's history. So why not let the people down South fly that flag. I find it is pretty.
It takes a position of uneducated ignorance to think the confederate flag is racist. Lots of dumb white men used the flag as a rallying point after the war while committing racist acts. The reality is that Lincoln created a grossly overpowerful federal government and raped the constitution and at one time in our history, men had the guts to stand up to a tyrant and protect this country's honor... Unfortunately, they lost. You have Lincoln's Whig politics to thank for earned income tax, obamacare, foreign aid, section 8 and lots of other things that are none of the feds damn business. Pick up some primary sources, study the "American System" and Whig politics and you'll agree, THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT.
Freedom of speech extends even to stupid opinions.
So long as the citizens of South Carolina still support the flying of the flag, I believe that the state should still be allowed to fly the Confederate flag as a show of deeper cultural beliefs, so long as the United States flag and official state flag are also represented.
Whitewashing history isn't a good strategy to begin with, and the battle flag of the confederacy is one of the few tangible links left to a very important, for better or worse, part of southern regional history. There are plenty of families in the south who had relatives who fought and died in the name of the uprising and they maintain this pride. Completely independent of the connotations of racial injustice and slavery.